Pretty in Pink, Musical Chairs Reading & GoNoodle!

I can't believe it is coming up to Week 5 already! This term has just flown! I haven't had much time for blogging recently,  however I am putting aside an hour or two to give you an insight into what's been happening. Its been busy, busy, BUSY!!!!

FUNDRAISING

On Friday our school and local community came together to raise money for the McGrath Foundation by participating in Pink Stumps Day. We played a staff V's students cricket match and I actually scored a few runs for the staff team! WOOP WOOP!! We managed to raise over $1200 from the day which is an awesome effort!

Here are some shots from the day.
 


MUSICAL CHAIRS READING

I wanted to spice up our Reading Block a bit this week so I introduced something called 'Musical Chairs Reading'. It worked a treat and the children really enjoyed it!

HOW IT WORKS:
Each child has a chair and on each chair is a picture story book - I used all my own personal picture story books to make it even more of a treat for the kids. As the music plays, children dance around the circle and when the music stops, the children sit on the seat nearest to them. They then read the book that's on their chair. I waited around 5 minutes in between each song to give them enough time to finish the book.







They truly didn't want to stop! We are going to make it a once a month treat so they don't get too sick of it! ;)

 GoNoOdle!


Today I discovered GoNoodle! OMG where have I been???? I am rapt I found it! 
This is going to change my classroom! Up until now, I have been looking up Brain Breaks on Youtube and its a bit hit and miss. If you aren't familiar with GoNoodle you MUST sign up. Best of all - its free!

Set up your account here: https://www.gonoodle.com/home

You can choose from a either calming, energise and focus breaks. I'm looking forward to using the Yoga one :)
I have set my class up and have added a few brain breaks to my favourites - Will let you you know how it goes!


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My kids LOVE it! Especially Koo Koo Kangaroo! Highly recommend you sign up your grade :)


QUEENSLAND

I only have a 4 day week this week and next as I will be heading up to the Sunshine Coast for a wedding and a little getaway with Shaun :) I'm taking Friday and Monday off from school for a long weekend! YAY!
We are looking forward to some sun and relaxation however Queensland has been experiencing some terrible weather conditions lately with storms, rain and crazy winds. I'm hoping it will have died down by them and that it will be safe to fly. Eek! Fingers crossed!

Till next time,

What's been happening in 2J!

2J!!  It has a nice ring to it doesn't it? ;) hehe

Rules Rules Rules!

This was our first full week of Grade 2 and we spent some time going through our school's 'Start Up' program which is pretty much a series of Getting to Know You activities and discussing classroom rules and school values etc. 
As some of you may know.... I LOVE David! I have written a post about 'David Goes to School' a few years back with my Preps that can be found here along with the template link.
Because this activity is so versatile, I thought I'd give it a go with the Grade 2's. THEY LOVED IT! We created our own David's and then came up with some agreed classroom rules that we can follow based on the book. (I have already had to refer to them and the kids all look up at them - they are fantastic!)

I have also been busy conducting some Pre- Assessment such as the Oxford Top 100 Spelling Test and English Online Interviews. This has given me a great insight as to where the children are at and of course, where to go from here with each individual student. I will be creating their ILP's (Individual Learning Plans) within the next for weeks for those students' who require one so this information will definitely come in handy!

Classroom Library

To create some ownership and responsibility for our classroom library, I decided to let the children categorise and organise the classroom library. We sorted the books out as a grade and popped the labels on each of the baskets. These are the new labels I made for our class this year. :)

Word Wall

I wasn't planning on doing a Word Wall this year but after assessing some of my students, I realised I had a few children that I think will benefit from more visuals. I have one student who only arrived in Australia in December so his English is very limited - he will definitely be making use of it!
I have gone with a Sea Life Theme this year as we will be looking at Sea Creatures later on in the year.


And finally, I will leave you with a pic of my 'not so small' puppy. We went for a swim at the dog beach today and this was on the drive home. He was knackered! :) hehe


It's been a great weekend! I hope you all have a lovely week next week. Happy teaching! xxx

Measuring Length Unit: An overview!

Length Unit: Entire Unit K-1 - Grab your copy here

 This is my newest product on TPT and it took me aaaages to put together! I wanted to create a packet that teachers could literally purchase and follow from beginning to end without the need for anything else. 

EVERYTHING is included:-
Detailed step by step lesson plans
Warm Up Games
Teacher Instruction
Student Activities
Math Centre Games
Posters
Assessments
Rubrics

It is suitable for both the Australian Curriculum AND is also Common Core aligned and covers all that is required to be taught from K-1 Length and Measurement.


All activities are hands on and engaging. Some activities included in the pack include:
Wiggly Worms Activity

Foot Measuring Assessment Task


How long is my snake/worm?

I hope you and your students enjoying using this pack in your classroom. I would love your feedback :)

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